Chris Smalling

Chris Smalling has signed a new contract with Manchester United

The contract of the 29-year-old defender was due to expire at the end of this season.

A club statement said the deal included an option to extend for a further year.

Smalling who joined United from Fulham has expressed his delight in extending his contract.

“This is my ninth season with the club and I am delighted to be continuing my progression with this team.

I am delighted to continue my journey with @ManUtd. It’s an honour to play for this club & I wanted to take the opp to thank all staff associated with it over the last 9 seasons, my team mates past & present, & the fans who continue to show support for the squad game in game out.

“It is a real honour to play for Manchester United and we are all now concentrating on the busy schedule of games throughout the festive period.”

Smalling who should start against Liverpool today provided he overcomes a slight knee injury has made over 300 appearances for United in all competitions.

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